In this lesson, students will explore how to increase the potential and kinetic energy of their toy cars by building ramps. Students will measure the distance the car travels and create a class line graph via the internet from the recorded data. Students will investigate potential and kinetic energy by introducing different variables such as mass, weight, and height during a ramp redesign, and measure the distance the cars travel using the variables. Students will create a presentation on Educreations to showcase their ramp redesign using their chosen variable.
Content Standard: SC2015 4.1) Use evidence to explain the relationship of the speed of an object to the energy of the object.
National Standard: 4-PS3-1) Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.